We had Tilapia on hand & I was not in the mood for baking it, or grilling it….Hmmm, I started to think. What to do, what to do? Oh, Fish Cakes (my grandmother has been on my mind an awful lot lately) & she used to make fish cakes fairly often, they were wicked good & I miss them & her lots. Here is a bit of a “healthier” take on Fish cakes, gluten-free & packed with some extra protein.
1 lb. Tilapia (or white fish of your choice) – blended in the food processor
1 can of Chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans) – also blended in food processor
1 cup (ground) of Gluten-free Hummus chips – also in food processor (see pic below)
Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon (preserve the other 1/2 to share at the table & squeeze onto your fish cakes when serving)
Zest 2 Tsp. of fresh lemon
1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. Horseradish Mustard (gluten-free, check label)
Ground pepper to taste
I added no salt, because the chips I put in are fairly salty.
3 Tbsp. Vegetable, Canola, Olive, or Coconut Oil for flash frying, (to coat bottom of pan) (Do not deep fry, they will be so greasy if you do)
Blend all ingredients together well in a large mixing bowl. Warm your frying pan on the stove top (with oil of your choice), medium-high heat (your pan is too hot if it’s smoking). Form patties with your hands, it’s really the only way to do it, go ahead, it’s your food, get messy!
Preheat the oven at the same time to 375 F. You will only flash fry (get a brown on your cakes; both sides) and then place them on a paper towel to remove excess grease, before moving them to oven for for 5-7 min. on each side. With the fish cakes I served a lime cilantro rice & fresh organic asparagus (from South Shore Organics) On the fish cakes was my homemade Lemon Aioli (this link will redirect you to Zara’s hungry where I did a guest post of this recipe) Now, I know I said Dairy-free, for this you will obviously leave out the Lemon Aioli, the fish cakes are Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free & Gluten-Free, but not delicious free, they were sooooo good!! My oldest (who is my picky eater) at 3 fish cakes, 3 & his asparagus!! Parental victory
Cook, Eat & Enjoy!